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Thursday, 12 October 1911

Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - I had anticipated the reply of the Minister in regard to the retrospective effect of the clause. But at the same time it does not contain a single qualifying word.

Senator Rae - My amendment would qualify if.

Senator ST LEDGER - The honorable senator must recognise that at some future time our Defence Forces may have to go outside of Australia to serve with the Imperial Army or the Imperial Navy. In such circumstances, why should not any of. its members be decorated by the King? My reason for raising the question to which the Minister of Defence has replied is that there is not a single word in clauses 3 and 4 to show that they are not intended to be retrospective in their operation. Of course, I am quite aware that it is clearly laid down in law that unless an Act is declared to have a retrospective effect it cannot be held to be retrospective. For that reason I withdraw my opposition in regard to the point which I raised, although I intend to say something as to the penalty of £20.

Senator Pearce - We are going to amend that.

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